The setting sun intensified the glowing red roses outside my studio in northern Italy. The background of the forests behind and the blue Alpi Apuani mountains provided the perfect backdrop for the blooms. Getting my brushes warmed up for giving a workshop in a couple of weeks time!
Just finished this 16in x 20in piece. The park is on the Ligurian coast just south of Genoa. It has lovely gardens overlooking the Mediterranean sea, and with the hills and beautiful villas of Genoa rising behind it. The light late in the evening was wonderful to paint.
These are the homes of the Kazakh shepherds on the high grasslands near Xiata in the province of Xinjiang, China. It is fascinating to see first hand the life of the sheep herders here. They live a fairly simple life in sheepskin yurts on the plains, surrounded by this magnificent scenery. The colors on the grasslands at sunset are rich and varied, and the backdrop of the Tian Shan mountains is amazing. The best light is just a few minutes before sunset. I had to work extremely quickly to capture the colors here before they changed too much. It was dark before I packed up my gear.